Melbourne - World number one Serena
Williams on Tuesday said she was enjoying her tennis immensely and plans to
keep playing into the 2017 season, proud of her longevity as others have fallen
by the wayside.
The 34-year-old winner of 21 Grand Slams
has already cemented her status as one of the all-time greats, if not the
With Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22
major titles within sight at the Australian Open, and Margaret Court's all-time
mark of 24 on the horizon, she has no plans to hang up her racquet.
"I don't think so. Hopefully not.
Unless you know something I don't know," she said when asked if this could
be her last Australian Open.
The dominant Williams, who beat rival Maria
Sharapova for the 18th straight time to make the last four, made her
professional debut in 1995 and few players from that era remain on tour, aside
from sister Venus.
The Melbourne Park top seed, who next faces
Agnieszka Radwanska, is proud to still be playing and at the top of her game.
"I think longevity is something
definitely to look at. Personally, I didn't think I'd be playing at this
age," she said as she guns for a seventh Australian Open crown.
"But I'm still here and I'm doing
well. I think that's the reason I am still playing, because I know that I'm
capable, you know, if I play well, of being on top."
Despite remaining an invincible force, the
driven American said she had learned to relax and was enjoying her tennis
greatly now that the clock was ticking on her career.
"I think this tournament in particular
I've been trying to do different things and I've been having a lot of fun on
the court," she said.
"I told myself that I'm here to have
fun now. I've done everything... I didn't think I would have done as well as I
"Everything from here on out, every
match, is a bonus for me. I don't have to win this tournament or any other
tournament for as long as I live.
"I really want to enjoy being a
professional tennis player and playing on Grand Slam courts, moments like
Asked what the secret was to her longevity,
she replied: "I honestly have no idea. If I do know it, I'll probably put
it in a bottle and distribute it."